Making rural roads safer

Car driving down road with wire rope barrier

By 2020 we will transform some of Victoria’s riskiest roads into our safest roads. We will invest $340 million on world class safety improvements to more than 2,500 kilometres of rural and regional roads across the state.

Country roads

People driving on country roads are four times as likely to be killed than those in metropolitan areas. Nearly half of all road deaths in Victoria happen on 100 and 110km/h roads. Almost a quarter of serious injuries occur on high speed rural roads, mainly due to drivers running off the road or hitting other vehicles head-on.

How we are making rural roads safer

  • 20 of the State’s most high risk sections of road will be improved
  • 330kms of flexible barrier will be installed on high risk, high volume 100km/hour roads. Flexible barriers have been shown to reduce run-off road and head-on crashes by 85%.
  • Extra safety features on flexible barriers for motorcyclists on popular riding routes such as padded posts and under-run protection.
  • Rumble strips will be installed on stretches of high risk, high volume 100km/hour roads
  • Working with local communities on safer travel speeds on narrow, lower quality, high speed roads
  • Continue safety camera operations and investigate new and more effective camera technologies to maximise safety

Melba Highway safety barrier saves three lives

Three people's lives were saved when a recently installed safety barrier near Yea stopped a head-on crash between two cars. The barrier stopped the two cars colliding after one of the drivers fell asleep at the wheel.

Read more in the media release on the Transport Accident Commission website.

State roads to be tackled

Princes Hwy West Little River to Corio
Geelong Ring Road Corio to Waurn Ponds
Bass Hwy Lang Lang to San Remo
Princes Fwy East Traralgon to Sale
Princes Fwy East Longwarry to Traralgon
Mornington Peninsula Fwy Mount Martha to Rosebud
Calder Fwy M80 Ring Rd/Keilor Park to Bendigo
Hume Fwy/Hwy M80 Ring Rd/Thomastown to Wodonga
Western Fwy M80 Ring Rd/Sunshine West to Ballarat
Goulburn Valley Hwy Yea to Molesworth
Midland Hwy Ballarat to Creswick
Anglesea/Great Ocean Rd Bellbrae to Anglesea
Geelong-Bacchus Marsh Rd Geelong to Bacchus Marsh
Beechworth-Wodonga Rd Beeachworth to Yackandandah Rd
Melbourne-Lancefield Rd Sunbury to Lancefield
South Gippsland Hwy Leongatha to Meeniyan
Midland Hwy Shepparton to Stanhope
Paynesville Rd Bairnsdale to Paynesville
Maffra-Sale Rd Sale to Maffra
Princes Hwy East Sale to Bairnsdale

Read about the full package in the Towards Zero 2016-2020 Strategy and Action Plan